Mmmmm. Beer.

I’m in the process of acclimating to semi-suburban life and it’s not going well, so I called a friend who also lives in the hood and she suggested we meet up for a beer tasting at Muss and Turner’s, right in ourveraownbackyard.

I was excited to see her and try something new, but as a person who doesn’t drink beer I was skeptical that I’d enjoy the event. On the other hand, it was only $12 which is half the cost of having your lip waxed and it promised to be – at a minimum – more fun than that.

It’s a good thing I don’t get paid for predicting the future or I’d be broke.

Rick is the resident bartender and a true brew historian at Muss & Turners in Smyrna. I was wow’ed by the depth of his knowledge, his preparedness (a ballot, a map and a sheet documenting the beverages we were tasting as a take-away) and his ability to built a rapport with everyone at the table…including me. Which really – let’s face it – is a challenge for anyone.

I walked in knowing nothing about beer other than Guinness has less calories than other beers and I walked out (slightly tipsy) and knowing about IPA’s and why they’re hoppy, what hops were originally used for, fermenting with slate, and a bunch of other stuff that’s going to be really annoying for someone in a bar one day when I get sloppy drunk next to them.

After the tasting we stuck around for a bite (at a discount since we attended the tasting) and I was pleasantly surprised by that too. Whodda thunk they’d have 3 kinds of pickles to choose from? Whodda thunk they’d have drool-a-riffic Ritz dressing on their turkey sandwich? Not me, but hell if I didn’t gobble ’em both up. (Get it?)

This was a fantastic experience in a nice, clean, quiet environment. Based on my experience here, I’d suggest any of their three current offerings if you’re looking for something a little different and not too far away or if you find yourself in Smyrna and looking for something to do. Their offerings in addition to a bar, deli and restaurant: wine tasting, beer tasting, and food education.

Authors note: this is a blatent (slightly edited) repost of a review I’ve posted on Yelp!

4 Comments so far

  1. abby (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 9:46 am

    Thanks! We have some friends that live up that a-way and we selfishly make them come down to town whenever we want to see them. The promise of drinking and learning about delicious, delicious cold beer (without the crowds at sweetwater) might be strong enough to drag me otp.

  2. Broderick (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 11:27 am

    Muss & Turner’s is very much worth the trip OTP. Their sandwiches are great — I love the swifty’s dream & their specials that they have from time to time are great as well.

  3. Maigh (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 12:56 pm

    Know what else I loved about them? Their ‘tude:

  4. Some Other Mike (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

    Count me in on the Muss’n’Turner’s bandwagon; I stopped by there last year sometime, and I love the concept.

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